An Audi A3 sedan prototype has been caught cold weather testing. The four-door sedan bodystyle will complement the four-door hatchback in the U.S. and China and will go up against German rivals like the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class and BMW 1 Series sedan as well as the Acura ILX and TSX and Buick Verano and Regal.
While the A3 sedan is expected to share most of the hatchback’s styling from the C-pillar forward, everything aft of the rear doors is new. Unlike the current A3 hatchback, the new A3 has door-mounted side-view mirrors. Audi’s huge front grille makes an appearance, as does A4-like aggressive headlights. The arching side windows maintain an Audi look, and around back, the chiseled rear end looks similar to that on the larger A4 and A6 sedans.
Expect the Audi A3 sedan to use slightly revised versions of the 2.0-liter gas and turbodiesel engines with dual-clutch and manual transmissions already found on the A3 hatchback. It will also be available in front- or all-wheel drive. The A3 is the first U.S. model to use Volkswagen AG’s new MQB modular platform for transverse-mounted engines in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. MQB will underpin the Audi A1, TT, and Q3 and Volkswagen Golf/GTI, Jetta, and Passat.
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